Edenvale’s Lamati wins International Boxing Federation’s super bantamweight division

A proud Rocky Wainstein alongside his champion boxer Ludumo Lamati.

Edenvale trained boxer Ludumo Lamati has yet another title under his name. Lamati recently won the International Boxing Federation’s super bantamweight division belt when he fought against Louis Melendez.d

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“This is a big step for me. My international ranking is now at 19. Winning this title has given me more access to the international arena,” said Lamati.

Ludumo Lamati recently won the International Boxing Federation’s super bantamweight.

Rocky Wainstein, owner of the gym where Lamati trains and his coach, said Melendez was a very experienced fighter.

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“Melendez had 57 wins behind his name and 34 of those were knock-outs, ” said Wainstein.

However, despite Melendez’ experience, Wainstein said Lamati dominated the fight and had control from the first to the 12th round.

“I was expecting more from Melendez,” said Lamati.

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Lamati now sits with 13 wins, one draw and no losses.

Because the fight took place in East London, Lamati said he was able to draw strength from the support of his fans.

Lamati, who grew up in East London, said his fans were amazing.

“I fought in front of my home crowd. They played a large role in giving me motivation and the strength to fight,” said Lamati.

Lamati explained that for him, winning the IBF title fight was a dream come true.

“When I was young I had dreams that I would one day have an IBF title and if you dream of something then it is possible. Deep down I knew I’d get it. I just needed the right people to help me,” said Lamati.

He elaborated that with Wainstein’s leadership, things have been going smoothly.

A proud Wainstein said in the past six months in which Lamati has been at his gym he has brought three titles with him.

Besides the IBF title, Lamati is also the title holder of the South African Junior Feather Weight and the African Boxing Union.

“There is only one way forward for us and that is up,” said Wainstein.

Although Lamati’s victory is a step up in his career, he said he finds difficulty in seeing South African boxing grow.

He said South African boxing must learn from USA, England and Europe and see how boxing promotion is run there.

“Boxing needs to be open to the people so that the public can see what happens. We need to push boxing as a sport,” said Lamati.

The IBF title victory will not be the last for this talented boxer. Wainstein said there were talks of Lamati going to the USA for a fight later this year.

In the meantime, Lamati will keep on training in preparation for a bright future.

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